Infecting the 60 Blog

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In Japan, broken objects are often repaired with gold.  The flaw is seen as a unique piece of the object’s history, which adds to its beauty.  Consider this when you feel broken.

When I was a day camp counselor in the 70s,  we had one kid who (it seemed) constantly had pinkeye (or conjunctivitis).  At the time, I remember we associated the infection with playing in the sandbox and having dirty hands.  Pinkeye was not something I gave much thought to over the last 45 years.

Until today.  I came home from our cruise with a cold and about four days ago, I started complaining about some swelling and pain in my right eye.  Two days ago, I noticed a yucky discharge, especially in the morning.  I know, gross, but I didn’t even consider pinkeye as a cause.

Pinkeye is very common and very contagious.  It usually goes away in a week or so without treatment, but I wasn’t willing to wait it out.  The doctor took one look at me this morning and knew it right away.  Pinkeye is spread by poor hand-washing and, in my case, it spread to my other eye because I touched one eye and then the other.  Duh.

Luckily, I have the bacterial version of pinkeye.  WebMD confirms for me that I have all of the symptoms listed, including pseudotopsis, or swelling of the upper eyelid.  I know that you all wish you could see me right now.  It’s not pretty.

So with my antibiotic eyedrops and hand sanitizer at the ready, my infection should be gone in two to four days.  “The person can usually return to day care, school, or work 24 hours after an antibiotic has been started if symptoms have improved.”  I’m looking forward to returning to day care.

 

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